Safety Law Awareness Week is an annual initiative by the Pennsylvania State Police to remind and inform drivers about lesser-known traffic laws. Law enforcement hopes that education will go a long way to prevent serious crashes and motorcycle accidents. In addition to general laws that apply to all motorists, like wearing a seat belt and slowing down or changing lanes to avoid striking first responders or police that may be on the side of the road, there are specific laws that apply to motorcycles.
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Pennsylvania may still be in the throes of winter, but many people are already looking forward to spring. While there are no laws that prevent drivers from riding a motorcycle through the winter months, many enthusiasts choose another mode of transportation to avoid exposing themselves and their motorcycles to inclement weather, freezing temperatures, and the salt and ciders often used to prepare the road surface for snow and ice. The tech industry is also looking forward to "motorcycle season," and one company is touting cool new gear that could help prevent motorcycle accidents.
During the holiday season, people are looking forward to time-honored traditions and family gatherings. From a secret gravy recipe to the perfect gift for that special someone, excitement is in the air as this busy time of year once again gets underway. In Pennsylvania, another annual tradition already has residents buzzing, and a local man reminds people of the plight of victims of motorcycle accidents.
Pennsylvania is a state rich in history, and when it comes to motorcycle culture, more than a century of continued growth has made the Keystone State a place where bikers both honor their heritage and become ambassadors for future generations of motorcyclists. Gone are the days when not many women were into riding, and manufacturers have developed new products that appeal to a wider customer base. Motorcycle culture has become a shining example of gender equality, but bikers may be shocked to learn that when it comes to data regarding motorcycle accidents, women have been left behind.
Many motorcycle enthusiasts have a difficult time explaining the feeling that they get when they hit the open road to a person that has never tried it. For many, a motorcycle ride is a favorite activity. A bit dangerous by nature, riding a motorcycle leaves bikers relatively exposed to the elements and other vehicles. Even if a motorcycle rider wears a helmet and other protective gear and does his or her best to drive in an alert and courteous fashion, motorcycle accidents understandably have a higher rate of fatality than accidents involving other kinds of passenger vehicles.
The air is crisp, and the autumnal foliage is nearing its most picturesque phase. For motorcycle enthusiasts in Pennsylvania, this may be the best time of the year to take a nice ride before winter weather and the holiday season take hold. Unfortunately, nice weather and beautiful views do not curb the potential for motorcycle accidents.
Sunshine and clear skies often beckon Pennsylvania motorcycle enthusiasts to go for a ride. In addition to riding for the pure fun of it all, many motorcyclists choose this form of transportation to commute to and from work nowadays. It saves gas money and often alleviates stress when trying to find a parking spot, as well. Sadly, however, motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence on state highways, so anyone considering this type of travel will want to review collision information before doing so.
Pennsylvania students have gone back to school, and that means school buses are back on the roads. Drivers should be prepared to watch for children in or near the street, and remain alert for frequent stops. Recently, a school bus was involved in a motorcycle accident, and the driver of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries.
While riding a motorcycle can be quite a thrill, not every ride is pleasurable. Most drivers, regardless of what sort of vehicle they drive, can likely call to mind an occasion in which a fellow driver grated on their last nerve. Road rage is a serious problem, and drivers sometimes react to an annoyance without considering the potential danger. A recent story about a road rage incident in Pennsylvania ended in a fatal motorcycle accident.
The weather has been beautiful in Pennsylvania, and motorcyclists are taking the opportunity to hit the open road. Signs and educational initiatives encourage fellow motorists to look out for motorcycles and drive safely, and motorcycle drivers can stay safe by wearing helmets and obeying traffic laws. Still, motorcycle accidents hurt or kill riders each year.